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Alienware Alpha 4 Core Intel Core I7-4xxx 2GHz 8GB 2TB HDD

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4 Intel Core I7-4xxx 2GHz 8GB Oct 2015
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The Alienware Alpha combines the freedom of PC gaming with the ease of a console. The exclusive Alienware-developed user interface allows you to navigate all of Alpha's core functions with only... More
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14 Reasons For

64-Bit Processor Operating Modes

This computer supports a 64-bit processor operating modes, which is typical of many comparable spec personal computers that are a similar age to it.

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Quite Fast On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)

At 1,200 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a quite fast on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) compared to most of the other PCs of this spec and age. The slowest on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) of medium processor cores computers that were released one year ago is 500MHz, the fastest is 1,300MHz, and the average on-board graphics adapter dynamic frequency (max) is 1,100MHz.

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Fairly Big Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory

With a maximum on-board graphics adapter memory of 1.74 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite big maximum on-board graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that were launched around the same time as the Alpha. Similar spec computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha have maximum on-board graphics adapter memorys of between 1GB and 64GB, and the average maximum on-board graphics adapter memory is 5.2GB.

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Alienware Has Good Reviews for Its Desktop Computers

Alienware medium processor cores computers have good ratings on average and across all desktop computers Alienware is one of the superior brands.

Fairly Big Hard Drive Capacity

Across all the similar spec personal computers that have been on the market for around the same time as the Alpha the hard drive capacitys range from 1GB to 3TB, and the average hard drive capacity is 920GB. With a hard drive capacity of 2,000 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite big hard drive capacity compared to most of the other PCs of a comparable type and age to the Alpha.

There are a number of other 2TB hard drive capacity computers currently available that you might also want to consider including the Asus G11CB[plb_3055427_price], the DELL Inspiron 3847[plb_2844512_price], or the Acer Aspire XC-605[plb_2668634_price] which has better reviews.

If this medium processor cores computer hard drive capacity is too small for you then you might want to consider the UC02140I3I8HE[pl_3098542_price] (3TB), or the UC02140I4I8HE[pl_3098570_price] (3TB) both from Sedatech or the HP 860[plb_3062256_price] (3TB) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Total Storage Capacity

The smallest total storage capacity of similar spec PCs that have been around for a comparable time to the Alpha is 4GB, the biggest is 3.6TB, and the average total storage capacity is 820GB. With a total storage capacity of 2,000 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has one of the bigger total storage capacitys amongst medium processor cores computers of this age.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative 2TB total storage capacity computers currently available including the Acer Aspire TC-705[plb_2935609_price], the Asus M52AD[plb_2824491_price], or the DELL XPS 8700[plb_2373701_price] which has better reviews.

If you want a bigger total storage capacity then you might also want to consider the DELL 8900[plb_3251718_price] (2TB), the Lenovo Y700[plb_3070687_price] (2.1TB), or the MSI B85C-085EU[plb_2947831_price] (2.1TB) which also has a higher rating.

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Fairly Big Internal Memory

The internal memorys of personal computers that are a comparable age to the Alpha range from 2GB to 32GB. With an internal memory of 8 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite big internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that were released one year ago.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 8GB memory PCs currently available including the HP EliteDesk 800 G1[plb_2819743_price], the DELL OptiPlex 9020 SFF[plb_2751218_price], or the Acer Veriton M6630G[plb_2505515_price] which has better reviews.

Computers with a bigger internal memory that might also be worth considering include the G20CB[pl_3118949_price] (12GB), or the K31AD[pl_3185556_price] (12GB) both from Asus or the Acer Aspire XC-705[plb_3121374_price] (10GB) which also has a higher rating.

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3 PCI Express Slots Version

This computer supports a 3 PCI Express slots version, which is the most commonly supported PCI Express slots version on desktop computers that have been around for around the same time as it.

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10/100/1000Base-T(X) Cabling Technology

This computer has a 10/100/1000Base-T(X) cabling technology, which is the most commonly found cabling technology on desktop computers of a similar type and age to it.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

The Alienware Alpha has more HDMI ports quantitys than most of the similar spec computers that were launched more than a year ago. Most of the computers of this age and spec only have one HDMI ports quantity, however this personal computer has two HDMI ports quantitys.

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Eight Processor Threadss

Most of the other medium processor cores computers that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha only have between four and seven processor threadss, however the Alienware Alpha has eight processor threadss.

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Quite Big Processor Cache

Across all the medium processor cores computers that have been available for around the same time as the Alpha the processor caches range from 2MB to 10MB, and the average processor cache is 6.5MB. With a processor cache of 8 megabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly big processor cache compared to most of the other comparable spec computers that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha.

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GDDR Discrete Graphics Memory Type

This PC supports a GDDR5 discrete graphics memory type, which is typical of many similar spec desktop computers that came out around the same time as it.

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Very Light

At only 1.8 kilograms, the Alienware Alpha is quite light compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that came out more than a year ago. Across all the desktop computers of this type and age the weights range from 38g to 100kg, and the average weight is 7.7kg.

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12 Reasons Against

Very Small Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory

Medium processor cores computers that have been around for a similar time to the Alpha have discrete graphics adapter memorys of between 1GB and 8.2TB, and the average discrete graphics adapter memory is 1.3TB. At only 2 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a quite small discrete graphics adapter memory compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that were released one year ago.

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Only Two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantitys

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A ports quantity PC.

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Quite Slow Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)

The average memory bandwidth supported by processor (max) of desktop computers of a similar type and age to the Alpha is 30GB/s. The Alienware Alpha has one of the slower memory bandwidth supported by processor (max)s (only 25.6 gigabytes per second) amongst medium processor cores computers of this age.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor

Medium processor cores computers that have been around for more than a year have maximum internal memory supported by processors of between 2GB and 770GB. The Alienware Alpha has a quite small maximum internal memory supported by processor (only 32 gigabytes) compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that were released one year ago.

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Very Slow Processor Frequency

With a processor frequency of only 2 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower processor frequencys amongst desktop computers of this age. Across all the comparable spec desktop computers that have been on the market for more than a year the processor frequencys range from 1.3GHz to 4GHz.

We compared this computer to all the other 2GHz processor clock speed desktop computers and we think the OptiPlex 3020 Micro[pl_2472630_price], and the Optiplex 9020[pl_2793127_price] both from DELL or the HP ProDesk 400 G1[plb_2783911_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If this personal computer processor frequency is not fast enough for you then you might also want to look at the Veriton M4640G[pl_3133377_price] (2.2GHz), or the Veriton N6630G[pl_2854418_price] (2.2GHz) both from Acer or the DELL OptiPlex 9020[plb_2985620_price] (2.2GHz) which is also higher rated.

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Only HDD Storage Media

The storage speed of this computer is HDD, which is the most commonly found storage media on similar spec computers that are a comparable age to it. A Hard Disk Drive (HDD) is the traditional storage method for computers. A HDD stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are cheap, but they are slower than Flash and SSD bases storage systems.

We compared this personal computer to all the other HDD desktop computers and we think because of it's better review score, the 8300 SFF[pl_1473123_price], and the ProDesk 400 Mini[pl_3056412_price] both from HP or the Sedatech UC02107I1[plb_3068695_price] is also worth considering.

Desktop computers with a faster storage speed that might also be worth looking at include the Lenovo P300 Tower[plb_2317908_price] (SSD), the DELL T3620[plb_3141561_price] (SSD), or the HP ProDesk 600 MINI[plb_3188053_price] (SSD) which is also higher rated.

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Only 11 On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version

This personal computer supports a 11.1 on-board graphics adapter DirectX version, which is the most frequently supported on-board graphics adapter DirectX version on personal computers that have been on the market for more than a year.

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Only Has One Memory Slots

The number of memory slots found on the Alienware Alpha is more than most comparable spec PCs that are a similar age to it. The most commonly found memory slots is 4x DIMM, but this memory slots is not found on this personal computer. The memory slotss 2x DIMM are also found on this computer.

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Only Two USB 2.0 Ports Quantitys

The Alienware Alpha is a two USB 2.0 ports quantity desktop computer.

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Very Small Maximum Internal Memory

Across all the PCs of this age and spec the maximum internal memorys range from 2GB to 260GB. At only 16 gigabytes, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly small maximum internal memory compared to most of the other medium processor cores computers that have been around for around the same time as the Alpha.

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Quite Slow Memory Clock Speed

The memory clock speeds of personal computers that were released around the same time as the Alpha range from 1,000MHz to 2,400MHz, and the average memory clock speed is 1,800MHz. With a memory clock speed of only 1,600 megahertz, the Alienware Alpha has one of the slower memory clock speeds amongst PCs of this age.

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Quite Slow Processor Boost Frequency

Computers that came out around the same time as the Alpha have processor boost frequencys of between 1.8GHz and 4.4GHz. At only 3 gigahertz, the Alienware Alpha has a fairly slow processor boost frequency compared to most of the other desktop computers of a comparable type and age to the Alpha.

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1 Other reason to consider the Alienware Alpha

Released Over a Year Ago

This Alienware personal computer has been on the market for over a year.

Specification

Processor
Processor Cores
Processor Family
Processor Frequency
PCI Express Slots Version
Processor Threads
Processor Cache
Processor Socket
Processor Boost Frequency
Processor Model
ECC Supported by Processor
Memory Channels Supported by Processor
Memory Bandwidth Supported by Processor (max)
Memory Clock Speeds Supported by Processor
Memory Types Supported by Processor
Maximum Internal Memory Supported by Processor
Conflict Free Processor
Processor Series
Tcase
Maximum Number of PCI Express Lanes
Stepping
Number of QPI Links
Processor Operating Modes
PCI Express Configurations
Processor Codename
Processor Lithography
Thermal Design Power (TDP)
Bus Type
Processor Cache Type
Number of Processors Installed
Memory
Internal Memory
Memory Clock Speed
Memory Slots
Memory Layout (slots X Size)
Maximum Internal Memory
Internal Memory Type
Storage
Total Storage Capacity
Storage Media
Hard Drive Capacity
Hard Drive Size
Hard Drive Speed
Hard Drive Interface
Number of Hard Drives Installed
Number of Storage Drives Installed
Card Reader Integrated
Optical Drive
Graphics
On-Board Graphics Adapter Model
Number of Discrete Graphics Adapters
Discrete Graphics Memory Type
Discrete Graphics Adapter Model
Graphics Adapter Open GL Support
Discrete Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter ID
On-Board Graphics Adapter DirectX Version
On-Board Graphics Adapter Dynamic Frequency (max)
On-Board Graphics Adapter Base Frequency
Number of Displays Supported (on-Board Graphics)
Maximum On-Board Graphics Adapter Memory
On-Board Graphics Adapter
On-Board Graphics Adapter Family
Software
Operating System Installed
Trial Software
Operating System Language
Operating System Architecture
Networking
Bluetooth Version
Bluetooth
Wi-Fi Standards
Wi-Fi
Cabling Technology
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Ports & Interfaces
SmartCard Slot
S/PDIF Out Port
Microphone in
DC-In Jack
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Version
HDMI Ports Quantity
DVI Port
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Combo Headphone/mic Port
USB 3.0 (3.1 Gen 1) Type-A Ports Quantity
Design
Chassis Type
Placement Supported
Colour of Product
Water Cooling System
Performance
Password Protection
Audio System
Motherboard Chipset
Product Type
Processor Special Features
Intel® Anti-Theft Technology (Intel® AT)
Intel® Identity Protection Technology (Intel® IPT)
Intel® My WiFi Technology (Intel® MWT)
Intel® Quick Sync Video Technology
Intel® Hyper Threading Technology (Intel® HT Technology)
Intel Smart Connect Technology
Intel® Turbo Boost Technology
Intel® Smart Response Technology
Intel® VPro™ Technology
Intel® Wireless Display (Intel® WiDi)
Intel® High Definition Audio (Intel® HD Audio)
Intel 64
Enhanced Intel SpeedStep Technology
Intel® Rapid Start Technology
Intel® Small Business Advantage (Intel® SBA)
Intel® Matrix Storage Technology (Intel® MST)
Intel® Active Management Technology (Intel® AMT)
Intel HD Graphics
Intel® Secure Key
Intel Clear Video Technology
Intel® AES New Instructions (Intel® AES-NI)
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP)
Intel FDI Technology
Intel TSX-NI
Idle States
Intel® Built-In Visuals Technology
Intel® OS Guard
Intel® Insider™
Intel® Clear Video HD Technology (Intel® CVT HD)
Intel Standard Manageability
Thermal Monitoring Technologies
Execute Disable Bit
InTru™ 3D Technology
Intel Trusted Execution Technology
Intel VT-X With Extended Page Tables (EPT)
Intel Fast Memory Access
Intel Flex Memory Access
Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-X)
Supported Instruction Sets
Intel Dual Display Capable Technology
Intel Enhanced Halt State
Processor Code
Intel® Clear Video Technology for Mobile Internet Devices (Intel CVT for MID)
Scalability
Intel Small Business Advantage (SBA) Version
Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-D)
Thermal Solution Specification
Processor Package Size
CPU Configuration (max)
Intel Rapid Storage Technology
Intel Demand Based Switching
Intel Identity Protection Technology Version
Intel Stable Image Platform Program (SIPP) Version
Graphics & IMC Lithography
Intel Secure Key Technology Version
Processor ARK ID
Power
Power Supply Input Voltage
Power Supply Input Frequency
Power Supply
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Non-Operating Altitude
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Packaging Content
Drivers Included
Manual
Cables Included
Display Included
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Intel® Virtualization Technology (Intel® VT)

4 Awards

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Expert Reviews

(49)

Alienware adds more capable graphics (and external-graphics support!) to its set-top-box-shaped gaming desktop. It's slick and a capable 1080p gamer, but we'd suggest making sure you choose a...

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Alienware built the Alpha as a Steam Machine - a PC game console running Valve's Steam OS. This Linux-based operating system is an alternative to Windows 8, with a console-like interface optimised... Read more…

15 May 2015

Alienware built the Alpha as a Steam Machine - a PC game console running Valve's Steam OS.This Linux-based operating system is an alternative to Windows 8, with a console-like interface optimised... Read more…

28 March 2015

The Alienware Alpha is a delightfully small living room gaming PC but its console-like experience isn?t as seamless as we would like...

17 February 2015

Things have been pretty slow in the world of Steam Machines . Valve announced the initiative and the impending push on its Linux-based Steam OS, but then things went quiet. Alienware decided to... Read more…

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User Reviews

(52)
Reviewed 21 April 2015 by Kenny
Kenny would recommend the Alienware Alpha

I am a console gaming at heart owning all the next gen systems, however I really wanted to get into PC gaming. This PC Console is awesome! The only thing is that you will need to buy a... Read more…

Reviewed 24 May 2015 by Xtaci35
Xtaci35 would recommend the Alienware Alpha

Incredible system runs everything in 1080p only recommend upgrading with another 4gig of ram to bring it to 8gig to get steady 50fps on gtav on very high settings...

Reviewed 6 May 2015 by Jennifer
Jennifer would recommend the Alcatel Evolve 2

Walmart family mobile is the only one for me...

Reviewed 13 June 2015 by Tom949
Tom949 would recommend the Alienware Alpha

Easy set up. Both windows and the console. Works like a champ in all aspects...

Reviewed 31 January 2016 by Bread

I've had this product for a few months now, and I have to say, it runs games great. Anything other than games it is really slow at doing though and whenever I quit a steam game it freezes and I... Read more…

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers dkcwa04, asm1007980, alienware apr19812
Barcodes 00725001609709, 00884116162162, 05397063524334

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